The fastest Corvette ever is still yet to come


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Electrified Corvette E-Ray starts warming up for its Australian debut.

The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray will launch in the US later this year and is already confirmed for an Australia debut. GMSV now says to expect more details on the Corvette E-Ray for us next year as the electrified supercar gets nearer to an Australian launch date.

Core to the Corvette driving experience is a 6.2-litre LT2 Small Block V8 engine, delivering an impressive 369 and 637Nm of torque to the rear axle. But the E-Ray uses an additional electric motor channeling 119kW and 169Nm of torque through the front wheels via a 1.9 kWh battery pack strategically placed between the seats. The result is 489kW combined from both the electric motor and bent-eight engine.

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This makes the E-Ray the first electrified Corvette in history, with an advanced e-AWD (electric all-wheel drive) system. This electrified powertrain will propel the E-Ray to achieve the fastest 0 to 100km/h time ever recorded by a Corvette – topping even the Z06 which is now confirmed at $336,000 locally. Currently, the E-Ray records a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of 2.5 seconds.

The Corvette E-Ray boasts unique design elements like even wider fenders, quarter panels, and fascias, which contribute to its aerodynamic efficiency as it reaches break-neck speeds.

Embracing its electric powertrain, the E-Ray introduces ‘Stealth Mode’, an electric drive mode designed for urban driving or a quiet departure. It also features a new lightweight lithium-ion 12-volt battery specially designed to support the LT2 V8 engine’s stop/start functionality.

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Handling is helped by standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 dampers with three suspension settings to adapt to varying driving conditions and derive some comfort from the staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport or optional Sport 4S tyres.

Additionally, the E-Ray comes with driver assistance technologies shared with other Corvette models such as Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and Automatic Emergency Braking.

With the arrival of the Corvette E-Ray steadily coming, GMSV says that more information will be confirmed in 2024 for Australia.

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